MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Firefighters save two East End Road homes from wildfire

A quick response from firefighters on Sunday afternoon saved two East End Road houses from being destroyed by a swift, wind driven wildlife. Kachemak Emergency Services, Alaska Division of Forestry, Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Anchor Point Emergency Services all went to the fire in the woods behind two homes between Yukon Avenue and Greer Road on the north side of East End Road near about Mile 9.

Tutka Bay net pens come loose, now back in lagoon

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association pink salmon rearing net pens placed at the head of Tutka Bay — but in an area not allowed by Alaska State Parks — last week got an unintended assist from a spring storm toward the permitted location. Following the incident, on Monday afternoon, May 14, CIAA moved its two net pens into Tutka Bay Lagoon, where CIAA has a hatchery, resolving for now a technical permit violation.

Big pulse of shorebirds hints at what’s to come during festival

A dramatic pulse of about 20,000 shorebirds that dazzled local birders on Sunday night gave a preview of what could be expected with the 26th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, which started Wednesday. Running through Sunday, the festival is timed to happen when migrating shorebirds pass through the bay.

Students explore careers at KBC Job and Career Fair

Local businesses, agencies, nonprofit groups and trade associations offered advice — and even some new jobs — at the annual Kachemak Bay Campus College, Career and Job Fair held at the college last Friday. About 400 students from 11 area schools as well as community members visited the annual event, said Kim Frost, KBC student and enrollment services coordinator.

First Friday events

As Homer art lovers know, April always brings a special treat: student art shows from kindergarten to high school at Paul Banks Elementary School and Homer Flex School. Paul Banks holds it annual Arts Extravaganza, with not only displays of student art, but a hands-on art table and performances by the Homer Youth String Orchestra and Preludes, the Paul Banks string instrument ensemble. Homer Flex demonstrates that art continues as students mature and prepare to embark on adult life. For its show, the school features photography done in an Artist in the Schools residency by Taz Tally.

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